Let’s start first with Wisconsin-River Falls’ new Check Yourself Educational Campaign which comes with a list of words and phrases that should never be uttered.
No, there’s no mention of the dangers of wrecking yourself, but instead the campaign says to, “Take time to educate yourself about language and the histories of oppression. This list is not extensive, but touches on common identities and concepts. Read them. Consider them. Understand them and Check Yourself before you use them.”
Side note: With so many good songs now banned, will polka make a comeback?
Similarly the University of Miami has the Say What?! Campaign which aims to promote the policing of students’ microaggressions.
A forbidden gem from that list includes, “I don’t see color.”
Can you feel the micropain?